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  • Sniffing out fantasy on the Web

    Jim Willis | Updated: Mon, Jul 8, 2013

    Leave it to a New Yorker cartoon to prod our thinking into reality, fantasy, and the online world of communication.

  • Riding herd on the e-books stampede

    Jim Willis | Published: Fri, Dec 23, 2011

    One of my favorite books of all time is Lonesome Dove, that neo-classic tale of the West by Texan Larry McMurtry.

  • Breaking news: The world is still there

    Jim Willis | Published: Sun, Dec 11, 2011

    Remember the “Where’s Waldo?” books, challenging kids to find the not-so-subtly dressed namesake in the midst of an equally colorful and crowded setting?

  • Fishing for an identity

    Jim Willis | Updated: Mon, Jul 8, 2013

    Experts in intercultural communication remind us of the importance that narratives and rituals play in our lives and in orienting us to our own identities, history, the norms and expectations of our society.

  • I've got a (not-so-private) secret

    Jim Willis | Published: Sun, Oct 9, 2011

    I say I don’t want or need love in my life. Truth is, I lie to myself because I’m afraid to end up alone.  – Anonymous.

  • Old freedom finds young supporters

    Jim Willis | Updated: Mon, Jul 8, 2013

    Question: As use of the social media grows among young people in America, do these young folks also become more passionate about the need for the First Amendment?

  • Going batty over role-playing

    Jim Willis | Published: Mon, Sep 12, 2011

    I am co-editing  a book with my friend Bala Musa on ethics of the social media, and one of the essays to be included in the book caught my attention when its title came across my desk the other day: Racing the Vampire: Exploring Race & Identity in Second Life .

  • A Repeat Performance

    Jim Willis | Published: Fri, Sep 2, 2011

    If the desire to be original is the match that lights the fire for creativity, what does the match of repetition ignite?

  • A dangerous playground

    Jim Willis | Updated: Mon, Jul 8, 2013

    Sorry for the lapse in new uploads. I’ve been engaged in a cross-country move from Indiana to California, and have been involved in the low-tech aspects of truck-loading and driving across the Mojave Desert.

  • Bouncing from Pong to Halo

    Jim Willis | Updated: Mon, Jul 8, 2013

    This really dates me, but it was 1973 when I was first introduced to video games.

  • The social side of politics

    Jim Willis | Updated: Mon, Jul 8, 2013

    As a writer and former working journalist, I often ponder the mantra of journalism today which is, “We no longer search for the news; the news finds us.” In those eleven words you have the recipe for how significantly the news media is doing business today in finding out where the news...

  • "Ice cream castles in the air ..."

    Jim Willis | Published: Fri, Jun 17, 2011

    “… it’s cloud illusions I recall; I really don’t know clouds at all.” The great Joni Mitchell wrote these lyrics for “Both Sides Now” decades ago, and they are truer now than then.

A Virtual Unknown

Journalist, professor and author Jim Willis explores the new media landscape and its evolving place in our day-to-day lives.